Although it seems a long time since we arrived in Canada the last day was soon upon us. We decided to explore another part of the city and see some more sights recommended by people.
We decided to look for the Victorian steam clock, a local highlight and after a few false turns we stumbled across it just as a crowd started to build up. We were fortunate to arrive on the hour just as the steam whistle sounded out. It was a promising start to the day.
To get a better view of the city, we went to the top of the Lookout Tower and wandered around the revolving floor taking in the different views.
Another interesting find was a sculpture by Salvador Dali, It's surprising what hidden gems you suddenly stumble upon.
As we moved on in this part of the city we decided to visit China Town. This proved to be a disappointment as the area became rundown.
One of the surprises about Vancouver had been the number of homeless people on every corner. Towards China Town they seemed to congregate in large groups and although we were not threatened, it was slightly intimidating.
As a sanctuary in this area, we visited a Chinese Garden created by a local businessman. This proved to be a tranquil retreat from the city; almost surreal, with the modern skyscrapers as a backdrop.
Then as we made our way back to the hotel, I spotted these two walkers striding on towards their destination. A picture I just had to capture and I suppose a reminder of the two of us setting off on our adventure.
Finally, as a summing up, we were lucky to be in Canada, as it celebrated its 150th birthday and to be part of it. A memorable trip in many ways and I was pleased to finally have a sketching diary to remind me of our holiday.